Another interesting hand from $5/$10 NLHE Cash Game. Effective stack is about $1300.
Everyone folds to me from the CO. I have 2c2d and I raised to $35. Only the BB calls. Pot is $75.
Flop: Ts 4s 2h
BB checked. I bet $35, BB raised to $130. I thought for about a minute and decided to call.
Analysis: Since I have one of the sets, the only realistic hand that is beating me right now is set of 4's. If he has that hand, I will most l will probably lose my entire stack anyway.
I expect most of his raising range to be top pair with strong kicker like KT or AT, along with a lot of flush draws, like Axs with Spades, KsJs, KsQs, etc.
I feel that I am better off flat calling and piling the money on a blank turn.
Pot is $335. BB bets $220. I took a long minute before calling again.
Analysis: At this point, he is very likely to have Tx with a strong kicker. I could value raise to something like $550 and get stacks into the middle. However, during the game, I decided to flat call to let him bluff the river with his missed draws. I called.
Pot is now $775. My villain checked. My action? He has about $950 left.
So 2 questions: 1) should I have raised the turn to get the money in on the turn? 2) How should I play the river? How much should I bet based on the way the hand is being played?